SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

February 24, 2010 16:16 ET

Fragmentation Prevention in Healthcare Facilities

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) - When it comes to important functions of society, healthcare is obviously at -- or at least very close to -- the top. A society is only as healthy as each of its individuals, and the health of its individuals is looked after by healthcare organizations and facilities.

Like the vast majority of industries today, healthcare corporations and facilities keep their data, and conduct that bulk of their operations, on computers. As vital as healthcare is to the society in general, so are those computers vital to the healthcare organizations. Patient information, billing data, electronic prescriptions and much more must both be quickly accessible and as secure as the law demands. Hence healthcare computers must, without question, always be maintained at maximum performance and reliability. 

One primary block to performance and reliability is file fragmentation. It manifests itself in slowed access, in process hangs and sometimes even disk crashes. It means shortened hard drive life. This is all because files split into hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of fragments require a great deal more resources to access, and take a major toll on hardware.

Fragmentation also quickly impacts the newer, more sophisticated storage technologies, such as SAN, NAS and virtualization. These technologies were designed and implemented to speed performance to processes and the end user; fragmentation means that these expensive efforts are to some degree wasted.

There have been several approaches to dealing with fragmentation over the years, including manual, scheduled and automatic defragmentation. These have ranged in effectiveness from mediocre to excellent, and many are still in use today.

The most modern approach possible, however, has just come on the scene, and is ideal for the robust requirements of healthcare operations: fragmentation prevention, in which the majority of fragmentation is actually prevented before it ever occurs. The secret is in an intelligent write algorithm that allows for the benefit of disk space utilization without splitting files into a multitude of fragments. The small percentage of fragmentation that still occurs can be easily addressed with fully automatic defragmentation.

With fragmentation prevention, system resources are saved in reading files, as well as those saved in writing files in the beginning. Energy consumption and cooling savings are also quite significant, contributing to enterprises' expanding green initiatives.

As the importance of healthcare to citizens cannot be overestimated, so it is true that the importance of reliable computing to healthcare enterprises cannot be overestimated. With fragmentation prevention, a major and primary barrier to performance and reliability of these computing operations is permanently removed.

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